The Big Birmingham Bikes scheme: next phase

As #TonyButler once said: ‘On yer bike’!!!!

Our Birmingham

A message from Councillor Mary Locke about city cycling has been forwarded by Peter Walker, Chairman of the Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum.

Would-be cyclists are being invited to apply for the latest free bike giveaway. In 2015 more than 3,500 people received an orange bike (above) and cycled over 300,000 miles which improved their mental health and wellbeing. This time the emphasis will be on encouraging families to cycle together.

2000 free Raleigh bikes are being offered to families and residents in the most deprived communities as part of the next phase of the Big Birmingham Bikes scheme. Part of Birmingham City Council’s Birmingham Cycle Revolution, Big Birmingham Bikes aims to encourage people of all backgrounds to cycle regularly by offering free bikes to those unable to afford them.

To see the Autumn / Winter Programme click on this link. There is information on Ride Active sessions and Led Rides, free of…

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The Top Bears at the Big Sleuth Auction in Birmingham

The top #Bears at the #BigSleuth Auction for #Birmingham Children’s Hospital

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Photos by Dave Massey

The Top Selling Bears at the Big Sleuth Auction in Birmingham

Thursday 12th October saw The Big Sleuth Bears head to auction to raise money for Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity. The total raised on the evening was a fantastic £257,300! Here’s what the top nine bears sold for:

Brummie Bear Brummie Bear

Number 9: Brummie Bear by Slobodan Topalovic £5,000

Jungle Jenny Jungle Jenny

Number 8: Jungle Jenny by Jenny Leonard £5,400

Bradley’s Bear Bradley’s Bear

Number 7: Bradley’s Bear by Donna Newman £5,500

Peaky Blinders Peaky Blinders

Number 6: Peaky Blinders by Jon Jones £5,900

Sweet William Sweet William

Number 5: Sweet William by Caroline Jariwala £6,100

Mother Bear Mother Bear

Number 4: Mother Bear by Jenny Tang £6,200

The Bear That Cares The Bear That Cares

Number 3: The Bear That Cares by Lynsey Brecknall & Kieron Reilly £7,000

Peony Passion Peony Passion

Number 2: Peony Passion by Michelle Turton £8,000

Buzz Buzz

Number 1: Buzz by Julia Allum £9,000

Thanks to…

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Shortlist announced for ‘Peddimore, Birmingham’ development opportunity

I worked on the Peddimore development over 25 years ago when I worked for the city’s former investment promotion agency ‘Locate in Birmingham’ and we had agreed to dispose of the site to Global electronics company Phillips for a huge semi-conductor plant and then the bottom fell out of the semi-conductor market and the deal fell through. The same mistake must NOT be made again and I hope that Jaguar who have a plant just down the road in Castle Bromwich can be involved to build the automotive supply chain in Birmingham and the wider West Midlands

Leader of Birmingham

The final four bidders to reach the next stage of the procurement process to partner with Birmingham City Council and lead the development of the Peddimore employment site have been announced.

CGI of Peddimore, Birmingham site
The site has attracted international interest from the biggest names in the industrial and logistics market following the launch of the OJEU procurement process in March this year.

The final four developers shortlisted are IM Properties plc, Peel Logistics Property, Prologis UK Ltd and Bericote who are partnering with Tritax Big Box REIT plc. The successful bidder will be announced in March 2018 at the MIPIM property festival in Cannes.

Owned by Birmingham City Council, ‘Peddimore, Birmingham’ offers the opportunity to bring forward up to 3m sq ft. (around 251,000 sq m on 71 ha) of outstanding market-leading manufacturing and logistics space, with access to a skilled workforce drawn from 2.6 million people living…

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Bournville? Radio 4’s Lynsey Hanley, Sara Parker, Joe Sykes and Samir Shah, please note

#Bournville remains teetotal:Quirky #Cadbury Quakers win the day

Our Birmingham

In a recent programmelargely focussing on Port Sunlight in the Wirral, the presenter of the Juniper production for BBC Radio 4, Lynsey Hanley, rather gleefully noted the overturning of the Victorian ban on alcohol in the village of Bournville – a conservation area.

The Quaker Cadbury family, who practised temperance, ruled in 1895 that alcohol could not be consumed or sold within Bournville, in order to help workers to stay healthy.


Ms Hanley is advised to read the accurate statement in the Birmingham Post which explains that the 120-year-old ban on alcohol sales in Bournville remains in place.

Speaking after the decision at the council’s licensing sub-committee meeting, Peter Roach, the chief executive of the Bournville Village Trust, said that media reports had been “seeking to make a clear connection between George Cadbury’s Bournville Estate and the premises at Mary Vale Road which now have a licence to sell…

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Spamalot at New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Monty Python’s #Spamalot at the Alexandra Theatre

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by Julie Wallis

Spamalot at New Alexandra Theatre

Monty Python’s Spamalot is at the New Alexandra theatre until Saturday 7th October and it is fantastically funny.

Written by Eric Idle, It describes itself “A new musical lovingly ripped off from the motion picture Monty Python and the Holy Grail” this is a must see show for all Python fans and it includes the song Always Look On the Bright Side Of Life.

Spamalot Spamalot

The story begins with King Arthur and his companion Patsy travelling the length and breadth of England to gather his Knights of the round table, then God gives them a mission to find the holy grail. Along the way Arthur and the Knights of Spamalot encounter the knights that say ni, some rather rude Frenchmen and of course the Lady of the lake, as well as cheerleaders, God, monks, ghouls, Vegas show girls…

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Chris Upton Memorial Lecture

#ChrisUpton Memorial Lecture at the Library of Birmingham 5pm 6th November

The Iron Room

On Monday 6th November 2017, the Library of Birmingham will be hosting the second annual Chris Upton Memorial Lecture.

Our speaker this year is George Demidowicz who will be speaking about Eureka Moments. Here is a preview of George’s own Eureka moments that you will be hearing about…

“For me researching and writing about the past is an extremely creative process. My interests are in landscape history, building history and archaeology and much of this involves reconstructing what has been lost, forgotten, misunderstood or distorted by myth and legend. To do what I do most effectively, I have combined work in the field with many visits to the archives. The motivation for the many hours spent in record offices is the reward of discovery – recovering something new or unknown about the past.

I am sure that Chris Upton was inspired by the same urge to discover and recreate the past.

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